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CASA PACIFICA CENTERS FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
A California Non-profit 501(C)(3)
Contact: Carrie Hughes
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More than 100 families to be provided fixings for Thanksgiving meals through generous donations to Casa Pacifica
Camarillo, CA November 15, 2017 – Through the kindness and generous hearts of several local businesses, their employees and labor organizations, nearly 100 turkeys, some with all the trimmings will be provided for Casa Pacifica families in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. On Friday, November 17, the United Brotherhood of Carpenters will deliver 10 turkeys to Casa Pacifica’s campus, which will be deliciously prepared for the on-campus Thanksgiving celebration with the youth. Then, on Monday, November 20 at 2 p.m. Aera Energy employees will assemble complete Thanksgiving meals for more than 50 families. And, sometime also on Monday, Golden State Water will deliver another 52 turkeys for Casa Pacifica families.
For Aera Energy’s donation of complete Thanksgiving meals, Produce Available, a Casa Pacifica supporter, will donate their employees and a refrigerated truck to pick up Aera’s donation and deliver to Casa Pacifica. The donation includes all the fixings to complete the meal box for the each of the families donated by Aera Energy employees. The boxes include canned and dry goods (flour, canned yams, cranberry sauce, stuffing mix, etc.) along with an aluminum turkey roasting pan and pie pan. Aera then tops off each box with bread, fresh vegetables and whipped topping for the pumpkin pie! On Monday afternoon Aera Energy employees will assemble the boxes, assisted by some of the families who will be recipients of the meals. “We’re excited to support this program for a second year” said Michele Newell, Aera Energy spokesperson. “Through the generosity of our employees, we far surpassed our goal of providing meals to 40 families. Giving to the community through charitable causes and employee involvement are a focus for Aera – it’s part of what we’re founded upon, it’s in our DNA .”
Also on Monday, Golden State Water Company will deliver its 52 turkeys as part of its partnership with elected officials and community leaders throughout the state in Operation Gobble – an effort to distribute 8,000 turkeys to families in need in November. “We appreciate Casa Pacifica’s dedication to serving the community, and are proud of this partnership that will provide holiday meals for local families with limited resources,” said Ronald Moore, Golden State Water’s Operation Gobble project leader. “Operation Gobble has been a Golden State Water tradition for 27 years, and we have partnered with elected officials and community leaders to distribute more than 224,000 turkeys since the program’s inception.”
In addition to Aera Energy’s preparation to provide all the Thanksgiving dinner fixings for its 40+ families, Casa Pacifica’s Angels auxiliary group will be collecting all the extras for approximately 20 Casa Pacifica families who have requested complete meals and not just turkeys alone.
After the big turkey drop off and organizing day, Casa Pacifica’s employees will spend the next two days delivering the Thanksgiving dinners to the families, which include Casa Pacifica alumni and their families, young adults in the agency’s Transitional Youth Services program who live in the community, and families receiving Casa Pacifica’s community-based services.
About Aera Energy – Ventura
Aera Energy LLC is one of California’s largest oil and gas producers, accounting for nearly 25 percent of the state’s production. Formed in June 1997 and jointly owned by affiliates of Shell and ExxonMobil, we are operated as a stand-alone company through our own board of managers. We are industry leaders that specialize in tapping heavy oil and other unconventional light reservoirs. With headquarters in Bakersfield, most of our production is centered in the San Joaquin Valley. We also have oil field operations in Ventura and Monterey counties. Aera produces about 125,000 barrels of oil and 32 million cubic feet of natural gas each day and has proved oil and gas reserves equivalent to approximately 536 million barrels of oil. Aera and its owners represent almost 100 years of industry leadership and commitment to California. We are characterized by our excellent safety and environmental performance, innovative business practices, application of cutting-edge technology, dynamic company culture, and active community involvement. With strong assets and solid financial and operating performance, Aera is well positioned for the future.
About Golden State Water Company
At Golden State Water Company, it has been all about water for more than 80 years. Our team of professionals delivers reliable, quality water and great service to customers in 76 communities across California. We worry about water so you don’t have to. As an investor owned utility, shareholders provide an important source of capital that allows Golden State Water Company to make needed system investments and improvements for the benefit of our customers. Being a profitable company ensures a lower investment cost and a solid funding source for infrastructure improvements. Efficient water use is one of the best ways to maintain a reliable source of high quality drinking water, now and in the future, and helps our customers manage their water bills. Golden State Water Company is a public utility in California and is a wholly owned subsidiary of American States Water Company (www.aswater.com) . The company is regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the California Department of Public Health and the California Public Utilities Commission. Golden State Water values customer input and appreciates the influence customers and all stakeholders have in the rate making and regulatory process.
About the United Brotherhood of Carpenters
The UBC is one of North America’s largest building trades unions with over a half-million members. With pride in our more than 135-year history, we strive for job fairness and family-sustaining wages and benefits. We lead the way in training, educating, and representing the next generation of skilled construction professionals. The United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC) places a top priority on developing the total professional: tradespeople who are not only technical experts in their craft, but who also demonstrate effective communication and leadership qualities. The UBC mission is to stand strong with our members and business partners to help them achieve success. UBC education and training advances leadership, skill, quality, productivity, safety, and attitude with the goal of creating a constructive culture within the construction industry and providing a competitive workforce for our contractors and owners.
Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families is a crisis-care and residential treatment facility for abused, neglected, or at-risk children in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. The agency is the largest non-profit provider of children’s mental health services in both counties and along with its campus-based programs administers a number of community-based programs which are designed with the intent to strengthen families and keep children in their homes. For more information about Casa Pacifica please call the Development Department at (805) 445-7800.